BMW R nineT Urban G/S 40 Years GS Edition Trial

BMW can be an intriguing combination of marketing, history and engineering. It all comes together in the BMW R nineT Urban G/S 40 Years of GS Edition – yes, that’s a mouthful. BMW started with the retro-styled R nineT and its air/oil-cooled boxer engine, and built a tribute to the brand’s heritage.BMW R nineT Urban G/S 40 Years of GS Edition Review: For SaleBMW appropriated the original G/S moniker for this GS 40 Years Edition and added Urban to let you know this bike isn’t really a Gelände/Strasse. It’s a tribute to the G/S, rather than part of the current GS range. That’s not to say you can’t ride off Urban G/S pavement—I did. However, it is a street bike at heart. The Urban G/S buyer is someone who likes the image of an off-road motorcycle, but is little interested in anything other than casual off-roading. The way BMW outfits the 40 Year Edition of the Urban G/S, which is heavily based on the R nineT Scrambler, it’s easy to see why the owner would want to stick to the streets. There are plenty of nice looking Option 719 parts, a nice paint job, gold wire spoke rim wheels and a GS embroidered seat. The only things you wouldn’t mind taking a beating are the bright yellow plastic handguards that look incredibly cheap. handles and a bend-sensitive headlight. Add a grand to the standard MSRP of $15,995 to get those goodies. Instead of the standard Continental Twinduro TKC 80 tires on the 40-Year-Old Edition, our test bike was shod in Streetier Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tires. The Bridgestones don’t look quite as cool as the Contis, but make a lot more sense on a self-proclaimed urban bike.BMW R nineT Urban G/S 40 Years of GS Edition review: priceJumping on the BMW R nineT Urban G/S 40 Years of GS Edition initially seems a bit strange. The seat is oddly plush, and the tapered aluminum handlebars are wide and low. My first thought was, “This will be a pretty short test.” However, driving it around the more urban streets of LA for the day proved me wrong. When the ergonomics are outside the norm, you just have to relax and let the feeling come to you – and it does. Within an hour, I felt completely at home on the Urban G/S. If you don’t use it for a while, the feeling will come back when you get back up, but it will dissipate much faster on subsequent rides. gentleman canyon carver. With 86 lb-ft of torque on hand at 6000 rpm, the Urban G/S has the muscle to mask the bike’s 492-pound curb weight. Additionally, the low center of gravity provided by the boxer engine configuration helps make the Urban G/S maneuverable.BMW R nineT Urban G/S 40 Years of GS Edition review: MSRPWorking in traffic is a snap and lane separation is easy, unless the lane width is unusually narrow. It’s not the cylinders that get in the way, it’s the width of the handlebars. Still, most of the time, that’s not a problem. To get around in the car, just twist the throttle and let the big twin pull you where you want to be. With a fully upright seated position, you have a full view of the procedure around you. This makes it easy to stay out of trouble and cross traffic efficiently. Standing tall with wide bars and a torquey engine might not seem like fun on the highway. However, the engine revs with authority at 7250 rpm and puts 109 horsepower at your disposal. With peak torque just 1250 rpm below peak power, acceleration is delivered on demand, but never abruptly. Sixth gear is practically an overdrive, so the engine stays smooth at extra-legal speeds.BMW R nineT Urban G/S 40 Years of GS Edition Review: City MotorcycleRefueling is smooth except for a persistent hitch when fully closing the throttle. Akrapovič mufflers have a cool idiosyncratic look and a pleasant EPA-compliant sound output. The Urban in the name is no joke. Although it has off-road looks, it’s a stylish city bike that you can take anywhere and turn heads. Other riders will understand the retro look, while the uninitiated will instinctively admire and appreciate its raw appeal. Plus, this 19-inch front wheel comes in handy for tackling the poorly maintained streets of many major US cities. With urban roads such as Chevy Chase Drive in Glendale and Mulholland Drive on the southern border of the San Fernando Valley, it’s tempting never to take your BMW R nineT Urban G/S 40 Years of GS Edition beyond the city ​​limits. However, there’s plenty of fun to be had on rural roads and attractive destinations such as the canyons in and around Malibu.BMW R nineT Urban G/S 40 Years of GS Edition review : Backroads MotorcycleStepping out of the claustrophobic confines of the city and plunging the G/S into rural settings, it’s time to take advantage of Sport mode. This flavor of the R nineT is ready to rock. With torque everywhere, you can make excellent times in the canyons of your choice. Power delivery is smooth in Sport mode, so you can be as aggressive as you want. The Urban G/S isn’t light at nearly 500 pounds with the generous 4.5-gallon fuel tank filled, so it prefers a thoughtful entry. Setup for cornering is easy and cornering is confident, even with a 19-inch front wheel. and ADV angled street tire. Although twin Brembo 4-piston calipers up front are not radially mounted, they run on 320mm discs. Pad engagement is nice and soft—something that’s also appreciated around town—with plenty of power as you increase the pressure on the lever. There’s plenty of compression braking from the engine, so I rarely needed access to the BMW-branded rear caliper and its 264mm disc. Coming out of the corner is to raise the chassis—not difficult—and hit the gas. The suspension that settled in well for the turn retains its composure as you accelerate. Nothing happens quickly or unexpectedly. Casual, calculating riders can make the Urban G/S work well in the corners.BMW R nineT Urban G/S 40 Years of GS Edition Review: Moto SportThere are three power modes on the BMW Urban G/S when equipped with Ride Modes Pro, and they’re simple to explain. Sport mode has superior throttle response without compromising smoothness. If you are on the pavement and it is not wet, you will be in this mode. Dirt mode noticeably slows throttle response and makes traction control and ABS less intrusive, though undoubtedly still there. Rain mode also has a slower throttle response, but it speeds up TC and ABS. A mode button on the right handlebar selects the mode, with the results displayed on a small LCD panel on the round, analog-style speedometer. There’s no provision for fine-tuning modes – what you select is what you get.BMW R nineT Urban G/S 40 Years of GS Edition review: Boxer engineThe BMW R nineT Urban G/S 40 Years of GS Edition works wonders for urban off-roading. You might see a high-grade unpaved road, and the Urban G/S can handle that. I had spotted some interesting semi-legal unpaved and poorly paved roads in Los Angeles, and the Urban G/S was perfect for checking them out. In one instance, a law enforcement officer saw me in one of the gray areas, but a wave was all that was needed to get him going. I doubt that would have been the case if I was on a full dual-sport bike. As long as you can handle the weight and size of the bike, it’s a pleasure to explore the city. With no undercarriage protection, little ground clearance, little suspension travel and impractical standing ergonomics, you’ll want to avoid any serious off-road challenges.BMW R nineT Urban G/S 40 Years GS Edition Test: Off-Road Adventure MotorcycleBMW has done a good job with the R nineT platform. The only version I didn’t like was the extremely uncomfortable, but stylish, and now discontinued Racer. The BMW R nineT Urban G/S 40 Years of G/S Edition takes the styling of the Scramble one step further in the dirt direction. It’s not a dirt bike, but when everyone’s admiring it at your local coffee shop, we won’t spill the beans.Photography by Kelly CallanDRIVING STYLESpecifications of the BMW R nineT Urban G/S 2021ENGINE

  • Type: Horizontally Opposed Twin
  • Displacement: 1170cc
  • Bore x stroke: 101 x 73mm
  • Compression ratio: 12.0:1
  • Maximum power: 109 horsepower at 7750 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 86 ft-lbs at 6,000 rpm
  • Maximum speed: more than 200 km/h
  • Fueling: EFI with 50mm throttle body
  • Valvetrain: DOHC; 4vpc
  • Cooling: Air/oil
  • Exhaust: closed-loop three-way catalytic converter
  • Transmission: 6 speed
  • Clutch: Hydraulically actuated single-plate dry clutch
  • Final drive: cardan shaft


  • Frame: Truss tube with stressed member motor
  • Front suspension: 43 mm non-adjustable fork; 4.9 inches of travel
  • Rear suspension: Shock absorber adjustable in spring preload and rebound; 5.5 inches of travel
  • Wheels: wire spokes with aluminum rims
  • Front wheel: 19 x 3.0
  • Rear wheel: 17×4.5
  • Tyres: Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41
  • Front tyre: 120/70×19
  • Rear tyre: 170/60×17
  • Front Brakes: 320mm floating discs with Brembo 4-piston caliper
  • Rear brake: 264mm fixed disc with 2-piston floating caliper
  • ABS: Standard


  • Wheelbase: 60.1 inches
  • Rake: 28.5 degrees
  • Trail: 4.4 inches
  • Seat height: 33.5 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 4.5 gallons
  • Estimated fuel consumption: 44 mpg
  • Curb Weight: 492 lbs.
  • Color: 40 Years Edition GS

BMW R nineT Urban G/S 40 Years of GS Edition Price: $15,995 MSRP ($16,995 as tested)

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